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Heavily political and anti space travel.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-12-2019

Not just a fantasy Sci Fi This was surprisingly deep with human phsychology and philosophical currents running throughout the book. Heavily centered around the human needs and problems of interplanetary travel, settlement and life. The Interplanetary travel, is on a ship which is a moving planet, a living biome. The ship is a cyborg, a conscious AI quantum computer with biological components. Humans are a variable entity living as a symbiote within the living biome. Their destination planet Aroura, was a beautiful planet like earth but..... It is a very philosophical book that looked at fear, history, hate, anger, animal pack mentality, conflict and religion, but also gives a very scientific and engineering viewpoint. A bit too political for me, possibly as I was looking for an uplifting escapism book rather than one that was fixated with human obsessions and conflicts. But I could see alot of people who are obsessed with politics and activism really liking this book. This book is more anti space travel than pro space travel. A view I don't personally share. The naration was excellent. The ship is the narrator with clearly defined change in voices when other characters speak. The naration was excellent. The ship is the narrator with clearly defined change in voices when other characters speak. Live as if you are already dead.- Japanese proverb quoted in book.

Informative, funny in parts and eye opening.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-2019

I found the book very informative and very funny in parts, mainly due to the satire which I appreciate as satire. The book delves into may cultural beliefs and religions and counters or explains where athiests generally sit or stand on those topics. The many scientific views on God or creationism were covered along with the many different views that athiests take. It was eye opening on both sides. This book gives horrifically graphic accounts ( and yet they are the nicer of the bad bunch, that the author has self censored for citation ) quoted directly from religious scriptures that I would not recommend to minors and would usually be classified as PG or Adults only. Yet because they are classed as scriptures they are often forced onto children, no wonder many children are mentally tortured. However if children are already exposed to scriptures, reading / listening to this would be mild in comparison and may reconcile some mental conflicts and give a different point of view for comparisons. Usually children are not allowed to watch horror movies or read books until they are of an age where they can understand the difference between fact and fiction and dramatized events. I recommend this book for people who misunderstand atheists, are atheists or understand religion and appreciate satire. Alternatively it would be a great read for people who are interested in science and looking to broaden their perception of their own reality. The dual reading by Richard and Lalla flows, nicely.

Thoroughly enjoyed.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-2019

This book triggers emotional responses, in parts it made me angry, other times I was sympathetic. Different aspects and stages made me worry about the future and other parts made me excited and optimistic about the future. And the rest of the time it triggered contemplation and curiosity. It is, well balanced. A great point of difference with this saga compared to others in this genre, is the combination of robotics and genetics. Most other books tend to focus more on one of the 2 streams. This book is first and foremost about the merging of robotics and genetics to create the next level of humans. Science fiction on point as genetic engineering and robotics are on topic in today’s world. I’m both interested in and support the ethical use of both genetic engineering and robotics, but the social topics that interest others are definitely present in this book. So I could see this appealing to a broad section of people. It is an epic Sci Fi journey about an important topic in our current world at the start of a new world of robotics, genetics and AI

One for gamers and simulation theorists.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-10-2019

This sounds remarkably similar to..... I cant quite put my finger on what it reminds me of. OOhhh wait, our life on earth. Are we living in a simulation within a simulation? The story is centered around a man who dies and goes to an afterlife which is a game, with demons, goblins and wolves etc. Yes, I did just liken some living entities on earth to demons and goblins.  It explores the question that we are continually trying to Level up, or reach a higher level in life, as we know it, even in an afterlife, and that there is never a perfect or final level. He must qualify for different levels, you earn points with the use of weapons and rankings, just as you do in a game. He must prove himself, to reach the next level of life in the computer game, through different quests Quite funny in parts with a dry wit.  Definitely one for gamers or people interested in the theory that we live in a simulation. The terminology and references with the levels and stats is best suited for people who appreciate and understand the gaming experience.

I recommend for people of all walks of life.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-2019

The biography by Walter Isaacson, was narrated superbly and was also accompanied by a pdf attachment you download with visual displays of his paintings, sketches, notations and engineering diagrams of flying machines, catapults etc. that the reader points out while you are listening and viewing. From paintings like The Last Supper to the anatomical perfection of the Vitruvian Man, Leonardo DaVinci is possibly one of the most celebrated artists in history. He seeked knowledge and was so broad in his abilities, knowledge and accomplishments that he is not just an artist. He was an engineer, philosopher, he studied the human anatomy to perfect his human form and movement in his artwork. He was so devoted that he performed autopsies on cadavers and drew some of the first accurate depictions. This biography takes you on a visual and audio journey through Leonardo Da Vincis remarkable life. He meshed science and technology together, while bridging the divide between the humanities and science. I recommend this book, and further reading on Leonardo DaVinci for people of all walks of life, for his diversity of knowledge, skills and accomplishments.

The new world order is already upon us.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-09-2019

Kai Fu Lee has a unique insight into both worlds that the general public doesn’t get to see through public media outlets. It is also a personal account of how he was forced to face his own mortality when diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, and realized he had lived his life as a machine. His cancer diagnosis was from an old crude system, and AI with its more advanced and accurate diagnosis gave him a brighter outlook for his personal life expectancy. This book both contradicts and confirms peoples views on China and the USA , depending on certain biases. The topic and points of discussion are important to read or hear, but will be hard for people who are unwilling to look for answers to problems and prefer to remain in their blissful simulation based on a bias and conditioning of past entrenched systems, that will become obsolete with or without their willingness to adopt the technology. AI Superpowers is an excellent book for those interested in the economic consequences and global social system which are then linked back to domestic AI competency and hierarchy. Universal income possibilities and downfalls are discussed as well as the global impact on types of future jobs, human employment and our ability to lead a fulfilling life. It raises the question of, ‘What does it mean to be human ?’ Love is the one thing that gives us life and makes us human. AI has the ability to give humans a more prosperous and longer life to enjoy as a human, but it is ultimately our choice as to how we embrace, use or abuse AI. AI will affect all human social systems. The new world order is already upon us.

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Mainstreaming AI safety was and is the goal !

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-08-2019

Mainstreaming AI safety was and is the goal ! Life 3.0 details the negative and positive aspects and expectations of AI. The writer and reader give a detailed explanation that allows you to form the image in your mind. In sections, this book is science fiction. It paints a picture of what could be humanities future, with breathtaking detail and storytelling. Then in other clearly defined sections, it will cleverly switch to a more technical and research based narrative to inform and keep you balanced in your perspective about AI. It left me more knowledgeable about both the negatives and positives, with a greater optimism. Despite media click bait and sensationalism, there are alot of people actively researching AI safety, but the positive rarely makes the headlines in today's society. I recommend this book for people who want a positive future through embracing technology rather than fearing it. This book gives you the awareness of the dark and bright sides of AI. AI is not going away, You can either embrace it and make it work for you, OR You can fear it and let it control you.

Superb tale of two intertwined parallel worlds

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-04-2019

Epic Tale Two parallel worlds of twin born people intertwine . Everything from dragons, sorcerers, warlocks, goblins, war battles, pirates & necromancers. The Twin born dreams are realities in a parallel world. They're linked to each other, through their dreams & contribute to outcomes in the other world through their twin born. The underlying message of being mentally linked to someone is interesting. The narrator brought the characters and storyline to lfe. It felt like being in a virtual reality game with magic, different plots & battles to keep you engaged and playing. If you like Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and The Lord of The Rings , this series is for you.❗

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🔸 Thought provoking🔸

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-02-2019

Original in its presentation of 20 short SciFi stories, which are then bought into our present reality, through Scientific data & representations in our current world with an afterword narration. 🔸This surpassed my expectations🔸 It's all encompassing ▫️Autonomy ▫️Nanotech ▫️Swarm tech ▫️Life & death ▫️Biology ▫️Neuroscience ▫️AI ▫️Consciousness Genuine science & tech as a follow up after each SciFi short story.

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Worth a read/listen with an open mind.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-01-2019

A currently relevant, yet futuristic Sci Fi look into Autonomy Delves into robotics, bio, health, ethics & economics, in depth The author paints a picture which portrays both a positive & negative autonomous future

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